Planting a Tree

God of Hope,

I plant this tree in faith,
trusting in your gracious care.

If such a slender trunk
can weather the Oklahoma wind,
then surely we too can weather
these storms of our own making.

May our roots reach down
into your sustaining love,
our branches reach out
to shelter those in need,
then reach up to the heavens
to bid your Kingdom come,
and your will be done.